Lawmakers react to Governor’s State of the State address

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WVVA) Gov. Jim Justice laid out an ambitious agenda during Wednesday’s State of the State address. From keeping quality teachers in the classroom to the drug crisis, the West Virginia Governor brought to the table several new ideas he believes will be crucial to the state’s success in the year ahead.

But how hard will it be to get those proposals through the legislature?

During their second day of the session, many lawmakers seemed pleased with the governor’s proposal for a five percent pay raise for state employees and 150 million investment in PEIA.

“I’d like to see that we continue to fund our state employees, continue to give them a raise and further solidify PEIA,” said Del. Jeff Pack, (R) Raleigh County.

The war on drugs also took center stage during the speech with a new strategy the governor called ‘Jim’s Dream.”

“I thought it was a very good address. He hit on a lot of topics we’re all passionate about. My goal is to combat the drug crisis so I loved hearing about Jim’s Dream. That’s an integral part of reintegration is making sure those who need treatment are going to have a job,” said Del. Brandon Steele, (R) Raleigh County.

Others seemed to like the Governor’s endorsement of repealing the state inventory tax for businesses and the tax on Social Security.

“I think there’s a lot of common ground between the House, Senate, and the Governor to make sure West Virginians really do have a good place to raise their family,” added Del. Kayla Kessinger, (R) Fayette County.

Annie Moore

Annie Moore

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